The parents and relatives of a 19-year-old youth who had allegedly committed suicide by hanging in a private land near his house in Thuthipattu village on July 31, petitioned district administration on Monday, alleging foul play in the boy’s death and demanded proper investigation into the case.
Arun Kumar (19), a resident of Thuthipattu village, and an 18-year-old girl of the same village were in love for more than six months. However, their relationship was stranded a few months ago and the girl had distanced herself from Kumar.
On July 30, Arun Kumar had spotted the girl with another boy in the village. Irked over this, he accosted the girl and scolded her with abusive language. The girl later told her family members about the incident. Angered over this, the girl’s father Sankar, cousin brother Rajasekar (26) and their relatives had gone to Kumar’s house and attacked him in full public view, police attached to Omerabad station said.
“The girl’s brother Rajasekar threatened that he would murder Arun Kumar within a day or two. He said this in front of our neighbours,” claimed Arun Kumar’s uncle Karunakaran. The neighbours, however, managed to save Arun Kumar from the girl’s family and forced them to leave the place. Arun Kumar allegedly committed suicide in a tree in a private land near his house on July 31. “My son came for lunch around 1.30 pm that day. After lunch, he left for work. Within 20 minutes, the watchman of the private land came in search of me and said my son was found hanging in the nearby land,” said youth’s mother.
Arun Kumar had used his mother’s saree to hang himself and his body was found in a kneeling position. “My son did not commit suicide. He was murdered by Sankar and his family members. I saw injuries on his face,” Selvi claimed.
The relatives and neighbours of Arun Kumar refused to receive his body after post-mortem, demanding the immediate arrest of persons responsible for his death. DSP of Ambur E Vijaya Kumar pacified them and assured action. Following the assurance, they withdrew the protest and received the body.
“I was forced to sign a letter before receiving my son’s body. I suspect the police obtained my signature to wind up the case,” said Raju and added that more than two weeks had passed but police were yet to arrest his son’s murderers.
“We submitted a petition to the Collector and senior police officers in the District Police Office, pleading for a proper probe into my son’s death,” Raju said further.
However, police said they had arrested the girl’s cousin brother Rajasekar (26) and aunt Ammu (35). A case was registered against them under Section 306 of the IPC on charges of abetting the youth to commit suicide.